Mexico to punish officers who fired on U.S. agents


The police officers who fired on a U.S. Embassy SUV and wounded two officials from that country will be punished "upon confirmation of the excessive use of force," the Mexican Public Safety Secretariat said.

On Friday, Aug. 24, two U.S. Embassy officials, both of them security experts, were wounded when they were fired upon by Mexican Federal Police as they were traveling in an armored vehicle with diplomatic plates along a road in the central state of Morelos.

The people responsible for firing on the vehicle were federal law enforcement agents who were investigating the kidnapping of a federal official, the secretariat said.

A judge ordered the preventive arrest of the 12 police officers involved on "abuse of authority" and other charges, while the investigation was conducted.




9 Colombians arrested for ties to Mexico's Sinaloa cartel


Nine suspected heroin traffickers who had links to Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel were arrested by police across Colombia, officials said.

The suspects smuggled drugs into the United States and Europe, drug enforcement chief Gen. Luis Alberto Perez said.

The arrests were made in the southwestern cities of Cali and Jamundi, the western cities of Armenia and Pereira, and Riohacha, the capital of the northern province of La Guajira.

The investigation, which started in 2010, has led to the arrests of 37 people in several different countries.




4 Injured in fire at refinery in Mexico


Four workers were injured in a fire at the refinery in the northeastern Mexican city of Ciudad Madero, state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said in a statement released.

The fire started while workers were installing a line Sunday at the Madero refinery, which is in Tamaulipas state.

"Regrettably, four workers were injured and they are being treated at the Pemex Regional Hospital in Ciudad Madero," the oil company said.

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday and was "completely extinguished" an hour later, Pemex said.

The blaze did not cause any damage to "the refinery's processing plants, which are operating normally," Pemex said.




Runner dies during Mexico City marathon


A 33-year-old man died from a heart attack while trying to complete the Mexico City marathon over the weekend, a source close to race organizers told Efe.

Juan Pablo de la Mora died Sunday while competing in the 42-kilometer (26.2-mile) race.

Mora was one of the 9,000 runners, the majority of them amateurs, who took part in the race.

The runner collapsed at an undetermined point in the race and later died.

Kenya's Peter Nkaya won the men's race with a time of 2:15:53, while Ethiopia's Alene Amare was victorious in the women's race with a time of 2:38:50.




Soldiers kill 6 in shootout in Mexico


At least six armed civilians were killed in a shootout with army troops over the weekend in Tecpan de Galeana, a city in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, prosecutors said.

The incident occurred on Saturday while soldiers were on patrol in a place called El Rancho near La Palma, a community outside Tecpan de Galeana, the Guerrero Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

The army contacted state officials and advised them of the incident, the AG's office said.

Bad weather and the remoteness of the shooting scene made it difficult for investigators to reach the area until around midnight on Saturday, the AG's office said.

Investigators found the bodies of six men, all of whom had been shot, at the scene.




Colombian guerrilla leader says no grudges at talks with gov't


The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, will enter into peace talks with President Juan Manuel Santos's administration in Havana "without grudges or arrogance," the leftist rebel group's top leader said in a video released Monday.

"We come to the table without grudges or arrogance," Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri, the FARC's top leader known as "Timochenko," said.

The "Video for Peace," which includes a rap song by the rebel group, is the guerrillas' first public statement about the FARC's upcoming peace talks with the Santos administration, which the president confirmed eight days ago.

Santos said on Aug. 27 in a speech to the nation that "exploratory conversations have been held with the FARC to seek the end of the conflict."